This Decree amends the Succession, Probate and Administration Act in section 49 which concerns maximum deposits in any bank that may be paid to widow or next of kin without probate or administration.
Amends: Succession, Probate and Administration Act (Cap 60). (1985)
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Fiji became independent in 1970 after nearly a century as a British colony. Democratic rule was interrupted by two military coups in 1987 caused by concern over a government perceived as dominated by the Indian community (descendants of contract laborers brought to the islands by the British in the 19th century). The coups and a 1990 constitution that cemented native Melanesian control of Fiji led to heavy Indian emigration; the population loss resulted in economic difficulties, but ensured that Melanesians became the majority. A new constitution enacted in 1997 was more equitable.
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